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Gov. Scott Walker, seen here presiding over the recent Capitol rotunda Christmas tree lighting, says he's looking at scrapping the state income tax. 

Gov. Scott Walker said Monday his administration will explore eliminating the state’s income tax.

“There are many states that do very well, better than most states in the country, that have no income taxes," Walker said during the governor’s Northern Economic Development Summit in Pembine, according to Wispolitics.com. "That's one thing for us to look at. Is that feasible? What would that mean in terms of an economic boost? That's not only for individuals, but small businesses in this state."

The comments follow roundtable discussions on the taxes topic with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler last week.

Here's some Twitter input on the idea.

Chandler said those discussions focused on job creation efforts, which might benefit from changes in the income tax code and property taxes.

"We want to look at areas where we may not stack up well against other states, where particular aspects of our tax code may be out of line with other states," Chandler said. "We want to get the overall burden down, and we want to make all elements of the tax code as competitive as possible."

Walker isn’t the first conservative governor to look at scrapping income taxes. Early this year, Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal proposed replacing his state’s income tax with a sales tax, but he abandoned the plan in the face of widespread opposition.

“All along, opposition to the tax swap was growing broader and more bipartisan by the day. Clergy members urged the governor to drop the plan, saying it could hurt the poor, while the state’s most prominent chamber of commerce group came out against the plan for its potential impact on businesses,” the New York Times reported in April.

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Steven Elbow joined The Capital Times in 1999 and has covered law enforcement in addition to city, county and state government. He has also worked for the Portage Daily Register and has written for the Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison.